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July and with school holidays starting touring takes a break ….

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

July and with school holidays starting, touring at GB Motorhome Tours takes a break, leaving families to fill the campsites across Europe whilst enjoying their summer holidays. Over the last month, five GB Motorhome Tours have taken place; these have ranged in destinations from Scotland in the North, to the Atlantic Coast of France in the West, to Poland in the East and Turkey in the South, plus Germany in the middle. Some reviews from these tours follow, further reviews can be found on the GB Motorhome Tours website reviews page.

Oban Campsite, Scotland June 2022
‘A well put together tour through the beautiful countryside of Scotland. It was great to meet up with some old friends and to meet up with new friends as well. A great tour.’ Mike and Penny Summers – Scotland Highlands and Royal Deeside tour – June 2022

Camping in Baynac, The French Atlantic Coast tour July 2022
‘This is our first trip with GB Motorhome Tours. John and Karen made us very welcome. The places we visited were interesting and informative. We would be happy to travel with GB Motorhome Tours in the future.’ Keith and Julie Seddon- The French Atlantic Coast tour June/July 2022

Malbork Castle Campsite, Poland June 2022
‘Our first time on a guided tour and we have loved every moment of it. Thank you Ron & Sue for putting together a brilliant itinerary and always being there if and when needed.’ Pauline & Gerry Gibson – Poland tour June 2022

Arriving in Turkey through its modern border crossing June 2022
‘A fantastic tour in a fantastic country. The Turkish speaking tour leaders (Nurcan and Kevin) were brilliant. If you get the chance to take your motorhome to Turkey, grab it with both hands, you won’t regret it.’ Ken Starmer – Western Turkey tour May/June 2022

Rhine in Flames Spectacular Show July 2022
‘We have thoroughly enjoyed our first time out with GB Motorhome Tours. All of the campsites and excursions were of an exceptional standard. Well done to Brian and Jenny for a brilliant tour.’ Sandra and Peter Head – Rhine in Flames June/July 2022

At GB Motorhome Tours, continental touring starts again towards the end of August; with the Croatian Highlights tour, followed shortly after by the Northern Italy’s Treasures tour and from mid-September the Cyprus and More tour. Each tour offers a mix of sightseeing, adventure, group meals and organised camping. For the Cyprus and More tour, a high degree of adventure can be expected. Being around 2,500 miles from the UK and just 70 miles from Israel, travelling to Cyprus by motorhome is a real adventure. Until recently it was difficult to tour in Cyprus; being a divided island, the two halves are independent of each other and have traditionally not allowed foreign vehicles to cross their borders to the ‘other’ side. However, this has now changed, enabling those on the Cyprus and More tour to look forward to fully discovering and experiencing both sides of this intriguing island. Look out for reports from the tour in newsletters later this year.

Before then, back in the UK and throughout the summer, GB Motorhome Tours have stands at two of the upcoming outdoor motorhome shows. Do come along and see us, where a number of the Tour Directors will be on hand to discuss tours and other aspects of motorhome travel.

For continental touring, keep in mind that whilst Covid-19 regulations for travel are reducing, they are not yet all fully removed. In particular, France still retains Covid-19 entry requirements for UK citizens. With most motorhomers at least passing through France on-route for their continental travel, do ensure you meet their entry requirements.  For fully vaccinated travellers, you should have proof of this available for possible inspection, either a printed certificate or electronic NHS Covid pass. The printed NHS certificate is obtained from www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter . The certificate is valid for 6 months and is posted to your home address, allow 5 days for it to arrive. For un-vaccinated travellers, a certificate confirming a negative PCR test result (taken within 72 hours of departure) or an antigen test result (taken within 48 hours of departure) must be available for inspection. For the purpose of travel in the EU, fully vaccinated means having received two vaccinations and a third (booster) dose, or two vaccinations of which the second dose was received within the last 270 days before entering the country.

Looking ahead to autumn next year, our all new Swiss Magic tour has just been added to the GB Motorhome Tours website and is now available to book. Throughout this tour, enjoy the natural beauty of the Swiss Lakes and Mountains; relax on lake cruises, travel on the world’s steepest cog railway and marvel at the amazing scenery as you tour through the heart of Switzerland, seeing the very best of its Alpine scenery.

Enjoy your summer and we look forward to travelling with you soon. Feel free to contact us if there is anything you wish to ask about a tour.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

June and many motorhomes are touring

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

There are currently five GB Motorhome Tours taking place. From Scotland in the north, to the Atlantic Coast of France in the west, to Poland in the east and Turkey in the south. Plus Germany in the centre.

On all GB Motorhome Tours, a number of magical experiences are offered. On the Turkey tour, one of these is to take a hot air balloon flight over the geographical wonderland of Cappadocia.

Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey – June 2022

Each morning up to 100 balloons take off, many from next to our campsite.

Motorhoming in Turkey – June 2022

Spring is a really great time to tour; to enjoy the warm days that are on offer at this time of year, along with the lovely long light evenings. In early spring, the Greece 2022 tour took place. This tour mixed history and natural beauty with the classical sights of Olympia, Monemvasia, Athens & Delphi, to leave participants enriched by its history and beautiful coastline. Some customer reviews from this years Greece tour

‘A great tour of Greece. The Greeks were very friendly & welcoming. The roads were far better than we anticipated with some spectacular drives on the minor roads. The scenic routes were beautiful. Springtime was a great time to visit as the wild flowers were spectacular. We loved the “GB Motorhomes” format of Group Meals & days out together sight-seeing, a great group of people on this Tour.’ Colin & Jane Young – Greece 2022

‘A wonderful variety of Campsite locations and interesting days out. We learned a lot about ancient and modern Greece. The food was good and plentiful, the weather mostly sunny and the Greek people so friendly and helpful. Can’t wait for our next Tour in the Canaries.’ Jane and Douglas Marsland – Greece 2022

‘Excellent group of travel companions and the Tour Guides, Dave & Sue couldn’t have been better.’ Ron & Chris Stableford – Greece 2022

‘Our 2nd time on this Tour, with some variations on the previous one five years ago. Some fantastic scenery, great driving experiences, nice sites and excellent meals. Great to meet new people and catch up with old friends. Many Thanks to Sue & David, our Tour Leaders, for looking after us.’ Carolyn & Roger Metcalfe – Greece 2022

Next years Greece tour is now already fully booked, however, if you would like to be added to the tours reserve list send us a simple email and we will look after this for you. Should we then be able to offer you a place, we will be in touch at that time. With many of our 2023 tours already fully booked, we are often asked why GB Motorhome Tours will not increase the number of participants on each tour. Very simply, GB Motorhome Tours run holidays to a very high standard and wish to maintain this for all tour participants to enjoy the very best experience. Group sizes are a factor in achieving this level of quality, and for this reason all tours are limited to a certain number of motorhomes.

Further tours for 2023, covering the Autumn period, will be released over the next month. Keep an eye on the GB Motorhome Tours website for these.

Throughout this summer, GB Motorhome Tours will have stands at two of the large outdoor motorhomes shows; with a number of our Tour Directors on hand to chat and answer questions regarding any of our tours.

For all continental travel a valid passport is required. However, when is a valid passport not valid? Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the Schengen zone countries (which encompass most of the EU countries) have tightened their rules around passports for UK citizens. For many years, the UK Government issued passports upon renewal, for the normal 10 year life span, plus any remaining months remaining on the old passport. Some passports have been issued with an expiry date of up to 10 years & 9 months after their date of issue. The Schengen zone countries will not recognise any passport that is over 10 years old at the time of travel. So it is possible to have a valid UK passport but find that it is not accepted for entry into EU countries; make a check of your own passport ready for future travel. GB Motorhome Tours advice is to renew any passport that is going to be over 10 years old before your time of return to the UK from any trip. It is also necessary to have 3 months validity remaining on the passport at the date of entry to the Schengen zone. Going forward the situation will be simpler, with the UK government no longer issuing passport’s for longer than 10 years from their date of issue. When renewing your passport allow good time for it’s return. Current advice from the UK passport office is to allow as much time as possible, which can be up to 10 weeks at the busiest times.

Enjoy your touring, whether this is in the UK or on the continent, and we look forward to travelling with you soon. Feel free to contact us if there is anything you wish to ask regarding a tour.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

May and there is a lot of motorhome touring taking place

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

We are hearing from lots of people who are now making the most of their motorhomes and are once again enjoying the freedom of travel with few restrictions.

For those who are Covid-19 fully vaccinated, there are now very few restrictions on European travel. It may be necessary on the odd occasion, to show proof of vaccination status, but apart from that you are free to go. For anyone not vaccinated, there remains a few restrictions or the requirement to have a recent negative test. For the full details of each country’s entry requirements, these can be viewed on the UK Governments Foreign, Commonwealth and Developments Office (FCDO) website.

GB Motorhome Tours currently have 2 holidays taking place, in Greece and Western Turkey. The Greece tour has been spending time at Delphi, where our campsite has wonderful pitch views over large groves of olive trees all the way down to the coast.

Camping Delphi, Greece May 2022

The Greece tour will be running again in 2023 and has already proven very popular becoming full booked within days of being made available. On from Greece, there are a further three tours for spring 2023 that have just been made available. They are

  • Western Turkey – 40 nights starting 15th May 2023. A time to enjoy stunning coastlines, archaeological wonders and historic cities as we tour the western side of Turkey.
  • Sardinia – 21 nights starting 27th May 2023. Get ready to be captivated by Sardinia as we make a clockwise route around the islands striking coast and fine sand beaches.
  • Scotland Highlands and Royal Deeside – 20 nights starting 11th June 2023. Relaxed touring, wonderful scenery and a Royal Connection, as we tour some of the best scenery to be found in the UK.

These three tours currently have availability and can be booked on the GB Motorhome Tours website. The complete 2023 tours programme is

  • 2023 Jan/Mar – Canary Islands (70 nights)
  • April/May – Greece (34 nights)
  • May  Normandy (14 nights)
  • May/June – Sardinia (21 nights)
  • May/June – Western Turkey (40 nights)
  • June – Central France (21 nights)
  • June – Scotland Highlands (21 nights)
  • August – Czech, Slovakia & Hungary (30 nights)
  • Aug/Sept – Croatia (27 nights)
  • September – Swiss Magic (20 nights)
  • Sept/Nov – Cyprus and More (49 nights)
  • December – Paris & Epernay (10 nights)

Before next year there are opportunities to get away on a tour over the next couple of months. Four great late spring tours starting in June this year currently have a couple places remaining, these are

Poland 21 nights starting 12 June 2022 – Discover the contrasts that Poland offers from its majestic mountain ranges and stunning rivers to Warsaw’s urban pulse, Gdansk’s stately maritime heritage and Poznań’s architectural styles.

Scotland’s Highlands and Royal Deeside 21 nights starting 12 June 2022 – Look forward to some of the best scenery to be found in the British Isles, whilst enjoying the long days and light nights of being this far north in late spring.

The French Atlantic Coast 22 nights starting 13 June 2022 – Travel along the French Atlantic Coast whilst enjoying an itinerary that has been carefully chosen and planned to indulge guests.

Rhine in Flames Spectacular 10 nights starting 24 June 2022 – A picturesque getaway along the great rivers of Germany. The highlight of the tour is an evening cruise with dinner for the magnificent Rhine in Flames spectacular.

Full itineraries for each of the tours can be viewed by clicking on the tour name, with bookings available on the GB Motorhome Tours website. As is always the case, bookings are processed in the order received and up to the tour becoming fully booked.

On all tours, GB Motorhome Tours offers two starting options. You may start on the continent making your own way out from the UK or you may travel out from the UK with the Tour Directors (so in effect, if selecting this option, start from the UK). This flexibility allows tour participants to choose which works best for them. If selecting the optional travel from UK with Tour Directors package, this offers the opportunity to have everything arranged for you, including cross-channel ferries. The starting point in this instance is a campsite in Kent, the day before the ferry to France. The Tour Directors meet there with those on the optional package and look after everything on route to the tours starting point. Included within the optional package is your cross-channel ferries which is a flexi return ticket and includes full access to the ships club lounge both ways; the on-route campsite nights and usually a group dinner at one of the campsites. Full details of the tours optional package are contained at the end of each tours itinerary.

For all travel, it is advisable to have in place personal travel insurance. Over the last 2 years where travel has been more restricted, along with many people limiting their touring to the UK, some travel insurance policies have been allowed to lapse. Do check yours is in place and covering your requirements. In addition to travel insurance, take the time to obtain a European Health Insurance Card, known by many as the EHIC or E111. Whilst the card has now changed names to the Global Health Insurance Card or GHIC, the scheme itself remains free to UK citizens and is as comprehensive as previous. Importantly it covers all emergency medical treatment in EU member countries. If you already have an EHIC (plastic bank style card) these remain valid until the expiry date, when they can upon application be replaced with a GHIC. To apply for a GHIC click on the following link. Apply for a free NHS issued Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). With the scheme covering pre-existing medical conditions, whereas most travel insurance exclude these, this is an important reason for carrying the card with you on continental tours. In addition to the GHIC, personal travel insurance continues to be required to cover the many things that the GHIC scheme does not include. The two complement each other, rather than one replacing the other.

Enjoy your spring touring and we look forward to travelling with you soon. Feel free to contact us if there is anything you wish to ask regarding a tour, we are always happy to answer any enquiries.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

April and spring is here with some great weather across the UK

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

Spring is with us and it has brought great Easter touring weather across the UK. The UK in spring can be a lovely time to tour, however, living in a northern European country the weather at this time of year remains unpredictable. Far more consistent weather destinations throughout spring are to be found in and around the Mediterranean countries. This week saw the start of the Greece 2022 tour, with the group enjoying lovely driving weather all the way from the UK to Italy, from where they sailed overnight to southern Greece with ‘Camping on Board’.

Camping Bologna, Italy – The start of the Greece tour April 2022

‘Camping on Board’ allows for sleeping in your own motorhome whilst parked on the ferries camping deck, with access to electric hook-ups and toilet & showers. There is also full access to all the ships bars, lounges and restaurants. Our Greece tours run for 33 nights, split across the Peloponnese and the North, where it is possible to do all 33 nights or just the 19 nights of the Peloponnese. This tour will be repeated again in 2023, if you would like to register your interest in this click on the link below.

Please register my interest in the 2023 Greece tour

The Greece 2022 tour itinerary can be viewed at www.gbmotorhometours.com/tours. Having registered your interest in next years tour means the full 2023 tour itinerary will be sent to you prior to general release, giving you an opportunity to request a place if you so wish at that time.

Before next year, for touring opportunities in the next couple of months, there is some availability on four great spring tours, all starting in June. These are

Poland 21 nights starting 12 June 2022 – Discover the contrasts that Poland offers from its majestic mountain ranges and stunning rivers to Warsaw’s urban pulse, Gdansk’s stately maritime heritage and Poznań’s architectural styles.

Scotland’s Highlands and Royal Deeside 21 nights starting 12 June 2022 – Look forward to some of the best scenery to be found in the British Isles, whilst enjoying the long days and light nights of being this far north in late spring.

The French Atlantic Coast 22 nights starting 13 June 2022 – Travel along the French Atlantic Coast whilst enjoying an itinerary that has been carefully chosen and planned to indulge guests.

Rhine in Flames Spectacular 10 nights starting 24 June 2022 – A picturesque getaway along the great rivers of Germany. The highlight of the tour is an evening cruise with dinner for the magnificent Rhine in Flames spectacular.

Full itineraries for each of the tours can be viewed by clicking on the tour name, with bookings available on the GB Motorhome Tours website. Bookings will be processed in the order received and up to the tour becoming fully booked.

Continental travel really is opening up now, with few Covid-19 restrictions in place for fully vaccinated travellers. For those on the current Greece tour, since they left the UK last week, they have passed smoothly through France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, to arrive in Greece without any problems. It is necessary to have proof of vaccination for inspection where asked, which can be in either electronic or paper format. GB Motorhome Tours recommends you have both versions with you. For un-vaccinated travellers the situation is vastly different and each country’s entry requirements should be carefully viewed before arriving if un-vaccinated.

With travel restrictions greatly reduced and availability on some spring tours, we can now 100% look forward to once again be escorting you to many great places very soon. Before then, if you are at the Peterborough motorhome show next weekend, do call and visit the GB Motorhome Tours stand to catch up with some of us in person.


Happy Easter to you.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

March and Spring is approaching, meanwhile some motorhomes………….

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

Spring will shortly be with us, along with the prospect of some good motorhome touring weather ahead. With the clocks going forward next weekend, the days will soon be getting longer. Whilst the weather for touring in the UK and most of Europe is best from April onwards, those on the Canary Islands tour have been in summer like conditions since arriving there in January.

For all GB Motorhome Tours, the very best available campsites are selected for each of the locations being visited throughout the tour. This is achieved through regular personal inspection by the Tour Directors of the campsites available in each location. Whilst campsites are always the preferred option for overnight stops, on some of the more adventurous tours in more distant locations, it can be that there are no campsites available in the vicinity of a place of interest. In this situation, GB Motorhome Tours will on occasions put in place alternative overnight parking arrangements. On the Canary Islands tour, two very good attractions that are included in the tour are visits to a local Rum Distillery with English speaking guided tour followed by a rum tasting and dinner evening. For this, a nearby picturesque parking area surrounded by tropical plants of the islands, including bananas growing, is chosen.

Overnight parking at Rum Aldea, La Palma – March 2022
Another attraction within the Canary Islands tour, is a visit to the islands southern most lighthouse, where salt pans are located allowing a self-guided tour to be made to discover the process of producing sea salt by hand. This is followed by dinner in the salt pans own high quality restaurant. For this, the night is spent with the motorhomes parked all around the lighthouse, with great sea views all around.

Overnight parking at Fuencaliente lighthouse, La Palma – March 2022

Details of the 2023 Canary Islands tour are now available on the GB Motorhome Tours website, where it is also possible to book for next year. Why not take yourself and your motorhome away for 70 nights of warmth and adventure next winter?

Further tours for 2023 will soon be added to the GB Motorhome Tours website. There will be a full programme of tours running throughout 2023 and these will be made available to book as we go through the first half of this year. The 2023 tours are currently being held back from release in case a 2022 tour cannot proceed. In which case the cancelled tour would be ‘rolled over’ to next year to give all customers with 2022 bookings the opportunity of a guaranteed place in 2023.

It is not currently anticipated tours should require cancelling for this year. However, the situation in Ukraine, along with the changing Covid regulations across Europe, is constantly being monitored. Providing a tour remains safe and sensible to proceed, GB Motorhome Tours will run the tour. At the same time, it is recognised that travel in these times may not be right for everyone, and GB Motorhome Tours remains flexible in this aspect. Currently all those with tour bookings are offered the opportunity, up to the point of paying their final balance, complete flexibility in choosing to delay their travel for whatever reason should they so wish, and have their money placed on hold for use against a future tour booking, either for later this year or throughout 2023. This is an important benefit to all customers, in allowing individuals to choose if travel is right for them near the time of their tour. The position in any instance of GB Motorhome Tours cancelling a tour for whatever reason remains, that all money is fully covered by the 1992 Package Tours Regulations and money paid directly for the tour would become fully refundable or transferable at that time. In any situation whereby a tour no longer remains safe or sensible to continue with, then GB Motorhome Tours will make the decision to cancel. This protection also applies to the optional package linked to the tour, so choosing your outward travel through GB Motorhome Tours means everything from the UK is fully covered and looked after for you. If you have a tour booking and would like to add the optional travel from UK with Tour Directors package to it, this currently remains possible up to the point of the balance payment becoming due.

Next month sees the large outdoor motorhome show season start, with the first event being at Peterborough over the weekend of 22nd – 24th April 2022. Throughout the weekend GB Motorhome Tours will have a stand at the show.

Following on from Peterborough we will also have stands at two further shows during the summer.

Do come along and see us, where Tour Directors will be available to chat to you and answer any questions. Until then, if there is anything you wish to ask about any of our tours, feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions and always try to offer an answer, either the same day or if not possible, the following day.

Enjoy your Spring time touring.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

February and there are some motorhomes touring in the sun

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

February and whilst the weather at home has been challenging, those on the Canary Islands tour continue to enjoy the benefits of being a long way south at this time of year. Located 2,000 miles south of the UK, the islands enjoy an eternal spring where current temperatures are mid 20’s with lots of sunny days. For motorhoming at this time of year there really is nowhere better.

Motorhoming in Gran Canaria February 2022

Whilst being 2,000 miles away from the UK, by making full us of ferries the actual driving distance to the Canary Islands is just 600 miles. The islands are well known for their warm winter climate, but are less well known for their culture and heritage interests; on the GB Motorhome Tours Canary Islands trip, you really can enjoy both. There are also some stunning drives throughout.

On-route coffee stop in the mountains of Gran Canaria – February 2022

If you would like to escape the cold of next winter and take yourself and your motorhome on a true adventure, the 2023 Canary Islands tour itinerary is now available on the GB Motorhome Tours website, where it is also possible to book.

The Canary Islands tour is the first of the 2023 tours to be made available. A full programme of tours will be running throughout 2023 and these will be made available to book as we go through the first half of this year. The 2023 tours are currently being held back from release, just to be safe in any instance that a 2022 tour cannot proceed, in which case this would be ‘rolled over’ to next year, giving all with 2022 bookings the opportunity to have a guaranteed place in 2023. Travel for 2022 is looking very positive, with many countries continuing to reduce or abolish Covid entry requirements for vaccinated travellers. It’s becoming more difficult for un-vaccinated travellers, with most countries having introduced ‘two-tier’ systems, for the vaccinated and un-vaccinated. The current position of the EU, is that to be classed as vaccinated you must have had 2 doses of a vaccine, with the second dose being administered within the last 270 days (approx. 9 months) of the time of travel, OR received a 3rd (booster) dose. If you have a 2022 booking for a continental tour and you do not meet the criteria of being vaccinated, please let us know so we can advise you further. For all tours, full country entry requirements for vaccinated travellers are contained in the printed tour pack sent around 1 month prior to the start of each tour. Where it is beneficial to complete preparations prior to this, the information is sent earlier by email. For UK tours there are now no restrictions or paperwork necessary to travel.

In the UK, this week see’s the large indoor NEC Caravan, Camping and Motorhome show taking place; tickets for this event are now fully sold out and the organisers are asking people not to attend without pre-booked tickets, as none are available ‘on the gate’ for this year. Looking ahead to the big outdoor spring/summer shows, GB Motorhome Tours will be at the Peterborough, Norfolk and Malvern shows this year, with stands at each. Do come along to see us, and think to plan ahead now, to book your places as these too could easily also become fully booked. We hope to see you there.

Until then, if there is anything you wish to ask about any of our tours, feel free to contact us. We are always happy to answer any questions.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

January and the 2022 tours are underway

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

January and the 2022 tours are underway with 14 motorhomes having left from the UK at the start of the year and are now touring in the Canary Islands, where they enjoy ideal motorhoming weather of sunny days and temperatures in the 20’s.

Motorhoming in Tenerife January 2022

The Canary Islands are well known for their warm winter climate but are usually overlooked for their culture and heritage interests, on the GB Motorhome Tours Canaries Islands trip both really are covered. If you would like the possibility to experience this next winter, send us an email to register your interest in the next tour. The tour itinerary will then be sent to you ahead of it being made generally available, giving you first opportunity of booking a place on the tour if you so wish at that time.

At this time, all of the GB Motorhome Tours holidays arranged for this year are scheduled to proceed as planned, with GB Motorhome Tours doing everything possible to keep this on track. Those with tour bookings are being updated on their tours as information becomes available and regular updates will be sent to all booking holders as the start of their tour gets closer. In the meantime, feel free to contact us if there is anything you wish to ask about a tour you hold a booking on.

For all holidays, GB Motorhome Tours offers the option for participants to start their tour on the continent or directly from the UK. This gives full flexibility for individuals to choose which works best for them. In the current climate where travel is less certain and things can change at short notice, there is a real advantage of having everything arranged in one place, including your travel from the UK. This means should anything require changing this will be looked after for you, and in the event that the tour should not be able to proceed, everything is covered in one place. If you have a 2022 tour booking which currently doesn’t have the optional travel from UK with Tour Directors package included and you would now like to add this, it remains possible to do so at this stage. Send us an email requesting the optional package be added to your booking and this will be done for you, with a confirmation email sent. Full details of each tours optional package can be viewed at the end of the tours itinerary on the GB Motorhome Tours website.

January can be a time for planning holidays. Whilst many of the GB Motorhome Tours for 2022 are now fully booked, there remains limited availability on the following tours

•    Scotland Highlands and Royal Deeside
•    The French Atlantic Coast
•    Rhine in Flames Spectacular
•    Magical Bruges and Amsterdam

Full tour itineraries for each of these can be viewed by clicking on the above names and the remaining places are available to book on the GB Motorhome Tours website. Tours for 2023 will begin to be made available over the next couple of months and these will feature on the GB Motorhome Tours website and future monthly newsletters.

January can also be a good time to get things prepared and ready for travels later in the year. For continental travel GB Motorhome Tours recommends all UK travellers have with them the European Health Insurance Card, known by many as the EHIC or E111. Whilst the card has now changed names to the Global Health Insurance Card or GHIC, the scheme itself remains as comprehensive as previously; where importantly it covers all emergency medical treatment in EU member countries. If you already have an EHIC (plastic bank style card) these remain valid until the expiry date, when they can upon application be replaced with a GHIC. To apply for a GHIC click on the following link. Apply for a free NHS issued Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). With the scheme covering pre-existing medical conditions, whereas most travel insurance exclude these, this is an important reason for carrying the card with you on continental tours. In addition to the GHIC, personal travel insurance continues to be required to cover the many things that the GHIC scheme does not include.

As we start another year, we wish you good travels in 2022 and we look forward to escorting you & your motorhome to many great places throughout the year.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

December and 2021 nears an end

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

As we approach the festive season all of us at GB Motorhome Tours wish you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming New Year.

Looking back over 2021 this has been a difficult year for travel, with many challenges needing to be overcome for tours to proceed. GB Motorhome Tours is not a tour operator to shy away from challenges; so using our extensive knowledge and 30+ years of experience within the GBMT team, eight tours throughout 2021 were successfully completed. These covered both continental tours and a number of closer to home destinations, with Scotland proving very popular in 2021. A common theme from all of those participating in tours during 2021 has been just how normal and good it feels to again be travelling within the comfort and safety of one’s own motorhome.

A real treat after all the Covid restrictions. Well done Nurcan and Kevin, you managed to show us Spain in a greater depth than just the tourist spots. Some magnificent scenic drives.’ Carolyn and Roger Metcalfe – A Journey Through Spain – September 2021

‘It has been a really good tour. Meals were all excellent and as things are at the moment Covid wise very well organised. We would definitely like to do another tour with GB in UK as we are now not confident about touring abroad. Faced with the Covid restrictions Liz and Dave gave us a wonderful experience in the South West.’ Valerie and Phil Steele – UK Fleeces to Flamingos – June/July 2021

‘In all the circumstances, this trip proved ideal. Euros, Kilometres and the Gaelic gave us that crucial continental air, we felt that we were abroad. Ron & Sue managed the campsites and meals brilliantly and smoothing our way at all times. The meals and venues were all up to GB Motorhome Tours standard and there can be no higher praise.’ Margaret & Joe Ratcliffe – A Journey Around Ireland – June 2021

‘There were different levels of facilities available but in no way did this give a problem. The tour was subject to pandemic restrictions but this had minimal effect on the tour atmosphere. So many thanks for a very enjoyable tour’. Barry and Di Short – Scotland Highlands and NC500 – May/June 2021

‘For us it was the first tour with GB Motorhome Tours. From all our heart we say it was the best holiday we have ever been on. All the 68 days, Kevin and Nurcan created a permanent state of safety and protection, for us to fully enjoy the entire programme of the tour. You can go to the Canary Islands on your own but I don’t think you will ever be able to feel, see, taste and enjoy so many things we lived together. We will definitely go on future tours. Very enthusiastic for our next GB Motorhomes Tour.’ Elena and Mircea Costache – Canary Islands – Dec 2020/Feb 2021

Motorhoming in the Canary Islands January 2021

As 2021 comes towards an end we look forward to 2022 with a high degree of expectation that travel will be possible for all who wish to get away throughout the year. GB Motorhome Tours have many great tours scheduled for the coming year, including two new recently introduced tours

•    The French Atlantic Coast – 22 nights throughout June/July. Travel along France’s Atlantic Coast, the itinerary for which has been carefully planned to indulge guests. Enjoy a balanced mix of organised excursions, free time and social events of lunches, dinners and get-togethers.

•    Magical Bruges and Amsterdam – 7 nights in December. Start the build up to Christmas with a great tour covering two of Europe’s best decorated festive cities. Some quality group meals included within this tour.

Both tours are now available to book, with full tour itineraries available by clicking on the above names. Bookings can be made on the GB Motorhome Tours Website.

For all tours, GB Motorhome Tours closely monitors all aspects of ongoing government advice, travel regulations and conditions affecting travel in general, with updates communicated to tour participants. GB Motorhome Tours will continue to run tours for those who wish to travel, using our experience and expertise to offer safe and sensible tours to match any changing circumstances. Feel free to contact us if you would like to ask anything regarding a tour or travel in general.

Following Brexit, most travellers will be aware that UK citizens are now limited to spending no more than 90 days out of the previous 180 days in Europe. The rules for this were covered in detail in the GB Motorhome Tours November Newsletter. For controlling this, when entering and exiting EU countries from the UK, British passport holders should now receive a date stamp in their passport. Do ensure as you arrive and depart from the EU your passport is stamped, this is important so you can prove your entry/exit dates if questioned about the length of your stays.

We hope you have an enjoyable festive season and we look forward to lots of great travel with you in 2022.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

November and thoughts go towards future travel

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

November and thoughts go towards future travel. This is often a quiet time for travel with many people making plans for the forthcoming new year. Over the last month GB Motorhome Tours have been doing much the same, with two new tours for next year having just been released and plans well in hand for two more.

The two newly released tours are

Scotland Highlands and Royal Deeside – June 2022

A tour covering 20 nights of relaxed touring throughout the wonderful Highlands and Royal Deeside areas. Loch Lomond, Oban, Fort William, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness, Royal Dornoch, Inverness, Grantown-on-Spy, Balmoral Castle and Pitlochry all feature.

Northern Italy’s Treasures – September 2022

Starting on the northern lakes enjoy 21 nights of touring through northern Italy’s best locations. Lake Garda, Pisa, Rome, The Vatican, Florence, Sienna, Bologna, Venice city and lagoon are all included.

Both tours are now available on the GB Motorhome Tours website and available to book.

The further two 2022 tours being actively worked on are both in France. There is a 14 night Normandy tour during April and a 21 night Atlantic Coast tour in June. To express an interest in these and to receive the itineraries in advance of them being made generally available please send us a simple email requesting this.

As people make plans for touring in 2022 we are being asked a lot about the post Brexit rule for British citizens being in the EU for no more than 90 days out of 180. This rule can take some time to understand, as it is assessed over an ongoing rolling 180 day period. In the simplest of definitions, it means British citizens can spend within the EU, up to any 90 days out of the previous 180 days. These days do not need to be consecutive and can be accumulated over any number of trips. For the purpose of the rule, reference to the EU refers to those countries who are members of the Schengen visa scheme, which are most EU member countries plus a few others of Switzerland, Norway and Iceland. However, there are a few EU countries who are not in the Schengen visa scheme, namely; Ireland, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria, so time in these countries does not count towards the 90 days. Also, time in non-EU countries like Turkey and Morocco is not included. Further details on the scheme can be found on the EU’s official website.

For calculating the 90 days you go back 180 days from the time you wish to check your entitlement for being in a Schengen country and add up all the days you have already spent within Schengen countries within that period. If this is less than 90 days you are fine to be there for that day. To assist with making the check there are a number of apps/calculators available on the internet. Our recommendation for accuracy is to use the one contained on the official EU website, this is found at Short-stay Visa Calculator (europa.eu). If you are looking to join a tour and would like us to also make a check for you, then feel free to contact us and we’ll happily assist with this.

We have been asked if there is any way around the rule, so that more than 90 days out of 180 can be spent in the EU. The simple answer is not really. Maybe over time the situation will change, but for now it will be necessary for British citizens to stick within the permitted time; to not face a fine and possible restrictions for re-entering a Schengen country. For most people it will not be a problem as they will not get close to the permitted time, but do be aware and check yours if you are spending longer periods out of the UK.

Whilst November and winter tends to be a quieter time for motorhome travel, it can still be a good month to get away. As damper conditions are now coming about, to make your motorhome nice and dry for a forthcoming trip, run a de-humidifier in it for 24 hours before departure. This really does make a difference to how your van will feel for the start of your time away.

For a total escape of the winter, there remains one place on our Canary Islands 2022 tour. Starting in early January, take yourself and your motorhome away from the after Christmas cold for 70 nights of warmth and exploration. Full tour details available by clicking on the name above.

If there is anything you wish to ask about a tour feel free to contact us, we are always happy to assist.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

October and there is a lot of good news around travel

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

October and there is a lot of good news around travel. Over the past month GB Motorhome Tours have completed four very successful tours; two in the Highlands of Scotland, one covering the whole of Ireland and one throughout central Spain. Reports from these tours are just how much people have enjoyed touring, once again feeling relaxed and safe throughout their time away.

Camping in the Scottish Highlands

‘A well thought out scenic spectacular route. The group meals were particularly enjoyable, good varied food in interesting locations. The campsites were busy making it difficult to always park together, but Sue and Dave who must have walked miles remained full of beans. We have certainly enjoyed ourselves immensely.’ Jean and Martin Saul – Scotland Highlands and NC500 – Sept 2021

‘We’re coming to the end of our first trip with GB Motorhome Tours and what a great trip it’s been. Karen and John have been superb hosts, giving us just the right balance of help and advice – we thank them a great deal.’ Chris and Joe Peacock – Scotland Highlands and Royal Deeside – Sept 2021

Camping in central Ireland

‘We have had a simply fantastic time Meandering Around Ireland. Ron & Sue were excellent company and great tour leaders, always available with advice and tips when needed. The campsites were in great location and we found Ireland very motorhome friendly and the people very hospitable and helpful.’ Jane & Colin Young – Meander Around Ireland – September 2021

Camping in Andalucía, southern Spain

‘We very much appreciated the professional friendly guidance of our experienced and knowledgeable tour hosts, Nurcan and Kevin. Our tour of Spain has been enjoyable and varied. Of particular interest were the excursions into the Monfrague National Park, Ronda and Madrid; all led by a host of informative local guides. Thank you for an excellent holiday.’ Simon and Helen Wood – A Journey Through Spain – September 2021 

The above reviews cover just one from each of the four September tours. Further customers reviews for these tours can be read on the GB Motorhome Tours website reviews page, along with reviews from tours spanning many previous years and destinations.

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